New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. As Vera becomes more and more enmeshed with the young radicals, the fragile local government begins to split at the seams. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns war makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows, and she's forced to take extreme measures to save herself.An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, WHO IS VERA KELLY? introduces an original, wry and whip-smart female spy for the twenty-first century....
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Who Is Vera Kelly? Reviews
why is she in argentina im so intrigued (also WORRIED)
I am a big fan of Knecht's previous book, Relief Map, which is similar to this book in that they both have some thrilling plot elements, but also pay great attention to character development.
This book moves back and forth in time in Vera Kelly's life, alternating between the past and present narratives with each chapter. At first I was concerned that it would be one of those books where one of the narrative timelines is much more interesting/engaging than the other, which leads to the sense of ...more
Thanks to Tin House for this free review copy!
I can honestly say that I didn't know just how much I needed to read a spy novel about a female CIA agent in 1960s Buenos Aires.......and then I read this book and realized I was obviously aching for this in my life. I stayed up way, way, way past my bedtime inhaling Vera's adventures that alternate between the years leading up to her CIA career and her mission in Buenos Aires ~ both of these storylines were fascinating to me, and I deeply appreciat ...more
This book was different than my usual fare and that's why I enjoyed it so much. It starts to pick up pace about 28% in or so. Part spy thriller, part coming of age story set in the 1950 and 1960s. Great LGBT representation for a time that most lesbians were very closeted. Makes you appreciate today's times. Also a government coup and all that is relevant to today's times.
Vera Kelly is a spy working in Argentina doing electronic surveillance for the CIA. The novel alternates between her time as a teen in a detention center and boarding school and her time working undercover in her mid 20's. It wasn't a particularly fast moving story, but I didn't know much about what was going on in Argentina during that time, and that was interesting enough to keep me invested in the story.
“Call the State Department. I’m CIA.”
Ooooh, this was good. Part spy thriller, part character study, and part historical fiction.
This book is told through a delicate interweaving of past and present. The past chapters chronicle the Vera’s youth, her troubled relationship with her mother, her brief stint in juvie, her sexual awakening, and the work that eventually leads to her recruitment by the CIA. The present chapters take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, circa 1966, in the months prior to t ...more